Hampshire and Isle of Wight Police and Crime Commissioner, Michael Lane, has welcomed the launch of a report looking into domestic abuse in rural areas.
The report claimed that rural victims of domestic violence were half as likely to report their abuse to others, and experienced abuse for 25% longer.
It further claimed that rural isolation was often used as a weapon by abusers. The report cites evidence that abusers move victims to rural settings to further isolate them.
Police and Crime Commissioner Michael Lane said: “I wholeheartedly welcome this important report, which shines a vital light on the specific issues faced by victims of domestic abuse in rural areas.
“Last year, in partnership with the four top tier authorities, I provided £618,000 to services that support victims of domestic abuse and am committed to ensuring that these services can be accessed by those who need them irrespective of where they live.
“All Hampshire Constabulary officers and staff have received Domestic Abuse Matters first responder training, and there are also 450 Domestic Violence champions who are committed to promoting best practice.”